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2013 Top Truck Challenge Candidates

1978 Ford F 150
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted April 1, 2013
Contributors: Ken Brubaker
Photographers: Readers

Who Goes To TTC 2013? You Decide!

In the December 2012 issue of Four Wheeler we put out the call to those wheelers who want to compete in Top Truck Challenge (TTC). TTC is one of the most unique and challenging off-road competitions in the world and it celebrates its 21st year in 2013. Since its inception the weeklong competition has always been held at the Hollister Hills SVRA near Hollister, California. TTC has become legendary for its overthe- top event portfolio that is designed to be the ultimate off-road competition for both driver and machine. This year will be no different.

Well, actually it will be a tad different because we’re drop-kicking the Mini Rubicon event and replacing it with the brand spankin’ new Coal Chute event. The Coal Chute utilizes a newly developed area of the Hollister Hills SVRA and it’s a perfect match for the new TTC rules. What new rules? Well, in case you don’t recall, we amended the TTC rules for 2013 to require that each vehicle resemble a mass-produced 4x4. In other words, no more tube buggies.

Aside from the new Coal Chute, the awesome TTC event lineup will remain the same and will include the Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, and the breathtaking Tank Trap.

Now it’s your opportunity to vote. TTC 2013 will consist of 10 competitors that are chosen solely by you, the Four Wheeler readers. All you need to do is peruse the following candidates, select your 10 favorites, and mark their corresponding entry number on the offcial ballot that follows this story. Simply mail the ballot to the supplied address by Saturday, March 30, 2013 and we’ll tally the results. The top 10 vote-getting candidates will be notifed the frst week of April and invited to compete in TTC in early June. Yes, you can send in more than one offcial ballot, but each must be the offcial ballot found in Four Wheeler magazine.

So we encourage you to start voting. No pressure. You’re only in control of who goes to one of the greatest off-road events on planet earth.

Mitch Beck, Midvale, Utah
1971 Ford Bronco

This is Beck’s frst attempt at TTC, though he’s a trail veteran with 12 years of experience. He says that if voted in he’ll be ditching rear leaf springs and replacing them with a four-link setup.

Engine: 351ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Modifed C6
Transfer case: NP231/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Kingpin-style Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 16-in-travel air shocks/56-in Chev y leaf springs, shocks
Tires: 4 4x18.5R16.5 cut Gateway Tires Gumbo Monster Mudders
Special features: Four-wheel disc brakes, Trail- Gear Creeper Joints used on front and rear suspension, limiting straps, recentered Hummer H1 wheels, custom rock rings, 22-gal RCI fuel cell, IH Scout steering box, hydro-assist steering, Warn 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 12 years

Brian Szulwach, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1951 Willys CJ-3A

Those of you who have been following TTC for a while may recognize this Willys called “Goliath.” It competed in TTC 2000, driven by its previous owner. Szulwach says, “I have built/rebuilt this old boy to where it is in better condition than it was when he ran TTC 2000.” Well readers, what do you say?

Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM420
Transfer case: Atlas II, 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70HD
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Rancho 3-in-lift “Waggy” leaf springs, custom torque bar/64-in, 6-in-lift Chevy leaf springs, custom torque bar
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: York engine-driven air compressor, Premier Power Welder, Optima RedTop battery, hydraulic steering, Bad Boy CV rear driveshaft, custom front driveshaft with 14-in slip, 15x12 MRW beadlocks
Driver experience: 20-plus years

Justin Middleton, Shelton, Washington
1978 Chevy Blazer

It’s big and its trail ready, but guess what? If you vote Middleton in he says he’s going to turn up the heat by installing 2½-ton Rockwell axles, 49-inch tires, and full hydraulic steering. So, what say you?

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: 10-in-lift leaf springs/10-in-lift leaf springs with reverse shackles
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Holley Truck Avenger carburetor, twin-stick T-case shifters, Mile Marker 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

Todd Cianciulli, Talty, Texas
1979 Jeep CJ-5

This is Cianciulli's second at tempt to garner your vote, and he's ready to make the trek from Texas to California to show you what his CJ can do. His rig seems to have all the bases covered. Will you let him step up to the plate?

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rock well
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6 .72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel ORI struts/four-link, 16-in-travel ORI struts
Tires: 47x16.5-17 Interco Super Swamper LTB Special features: Fuel injection, PSC front and rear hydraulic steering w/front 10- in double-ended ram and rear 8-in double-ended ram, RCI 15-gal fuel cell, Corbeau seats w/ four-point re straints, NorthWest FabWorks triple -stick T-case cable shifters, Hummer H1 double beadlock wheels with PVC inserts, Warn winch
Driver experience: 9 years

Brian Wilson, Oregon City, Oregon
1982 Toyota pickup

You have to respect the fact that Wilson has kept the Toyota DNA in his Toyota truck. The rig sports a complete Toyota drivetrain bolstered by proven mods. Wilson wants the opportunity to show the wheeling world that his ’yota is the real deal. Will you give him the nod?

Engine: 2.4L Toyota I- 4
Transmission: W56 Toyota
Transfer case: Toyota dual case w/ Trail-Gear 4.7:1 gear kit in rear case
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Lo ck-Right /Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in-lift leaf springs, 2-in-longer shackles, 14-in-travel Bilstein shocks/5 -in-lift leaf springs, 2-in-longer shackles, 14-in-travel Bilstein shocks
Tires: 39.5 Interco IROK radial
Special features: ’89 Toyota truck engine, exhaust header, 2¼-in-diameter exhaust tubing, Longfeld axleshafts, trussed front axlehousing, IFS Toyota-application steering box, Trail-Gear crossover steering and rock sliders, All-Pro fatbed with diamond plate box, underbody rock lights, Warn 9,000 -lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

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